Friday, May 20, 2011

Secret Seasoning for Tasty Tacos

Here is a little chart for making our taco seasoning. I've included up to 4X the recipe. The yield is helpful when you're trying to decide which jar will be big enough to fit a batch. As I mentioned in my previous post, we use this for many things. Tacos, fajitas, as a rub on chicken, and random other places I can't think of off the top of my head. Let us know if you come up with a good use for it!
Ingredient 1x 2x 4x
Chili Powder 3 tbsp 6 tbsp 12 tbsp
Flour 2 tbsp 4 tbsp 8 tbsp
Ground Cumin 2 tsp 4 tsp 8 tsp
Crushed Dried Oregano 2 tsp 4 tsp 8 tsp
Red Chili Flakes 2 tsp 4 tsp 8 tsp
Garlic Powder 1/2 tsp 1 tsp 2 tsp
Cayenne Pepper 1/2 tsp 1 tsp 2 tsp
Yield 1/2 cup 1 cup 2 cup

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Taco Time!!

In honour of Cinco de Mayo, and really because we just love eating tacos, here is our tried and true recipe. This is the same recipe my Mum used to make when I was growing up, and they have become a staple for us now too! Whenever I ask Jerome if there's anything in particular he wants for dinner in a given week, Tacos and mexican lasagna are always his answers. Mexican lasagna will have to wait for a less hot day though!

It all starts with the secret home mixed taco seasoning. I think my Mum used to make double batches so that she didn't have to mix it up too often. I have to make octuple batches! We use it for fajitas and random other recipes too. If my I can get my Mum to agree I'll post the recipe in a separate post.

 Here's the seasoning. 

You cut up half and onion or so and fry it with some lean ground beef until cooked.
Then you add the seasoning and a bit of water, mix until it's all coated. 
Simmer until some of the water evaporates and it's at the desired juicyness level.

I  like to use hard shells for my tacos since I've found these extra wide
stand-and-stuff ones from old el paso that don't split across the bottom 
on your first bite and make all your filling fall out.

Jerome prefers the tortilla approach, I think because that way he can
pour in more salsa and hot sauce without it leaking out!